Chris Henry has been around for a while as a very fast mandolin player, song writer, and member of various bands. His official showcase at last year's World of Bluegrass suggested a program that fit its name, Hard Core Bluegrass. Sadly, after shows at two successive festivals, what he delivers in shows is all over the map with too much unfortunate personal history and a relatively un-structured show. Henry shows promise, but he seems still to be in the process of discovering who he wants to be.
Veteran tenor Steve Gulley has played with some important bands. A member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and founding member of both Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, He's also appeared frequently with Dale Ann Bradley. It's recently been announced that he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, for his contributions to music and the university. His latest band offers a solid bluegrass/country mix bringing together Gulley's longtime musical loves. He's in fine voice and a winning band emcee.
Flatt Lonesome is nominated for four IBMA Awards this year including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album of the Year. This is a remarkable achievement for a group as young as this band is. In the five years or so since we first saw them at tiny Newell Lodge in Folkston, GA, this group, which originated in Callahan, FL has worked hard and made huge leaps. Their show at Dumplin Valley was polished to a sharp edge, containing lots of traditional bluegrass and classic country tunes, along with some expansion into western swing. The sibling singing of twins Buddy and Charli Robertson, along with their older sister Kelsi Robertson Harrigill is tight and strong.
Rhonda Vincent & Mickey Harris
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage - Tonight My Baby's Comin' Home
Randy Stephens & Ronnie Davis
The Becky Buller Band - The Gingerbread Song
Seldom Scene - Things We Used To Do
John Cowan with the Darin & Brooke Aldridge Band
John & Darin
John Cowan with the Darin & Brooke Aldridge Band - Plant Your Fields